Games from the 00’s: Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire: (2002)

Most games from the early 2000’s were exciting especially for the Game Boy Advance which utilized 32 bit gameplay & graphics.  Following the success of various Pokemon games such as Yellow, Red, Blue, Silver and Gold Game Freak had continued producing titles for the Game Boy Advance.  When Game Freak had developed Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire in the early 00’s many people were impressed by various features that both games had to offer.  One of the many features that stood out the most in Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire included the double battles where creatures could fight two on two. Many people would probably consider Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire to be one of the most innovative titles within the series since it introduced the double battle feature with Pokemon along with having a pretty cool storyline. In the beginning players start off in Littleroot town where they have the option of choosing Treecko, Torchic or Mudkip as their starter Pokemon after meeting Professor Birch.  As they progress throughout the game players have the opportunity to travel to various cities including Petalburg, Oldale, Dewford, Rustboro, Dewford, Slateport and many others to battle various gym leaders.

Similar to the previous Pokemon games earning badges is one of the main goals as players travel into different cities.  In Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire players had the chance to earn badges such as: Stone, Knuckle, Dynamo, Heat, Balance, Feather, Mind and the Rain badge.  Along with earning various badges from different cities everyone had the opportunity to battle Sidney, Phoebe, Glacia and Drake who were members of the Elite Four towards the end of the game.  Since the Elite Four was among the toughest opponents in both games players were expected to level up their Pokemon to the 50’s and 60’s in order to have a greater chance in defeating them before battling the Pokemon League Champion Steve .  While many people loved the original versions of Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire for the Game Boy Advance other would probably prefer the remakes for the Nintendo 3DS which were released in 2014.  Either way, Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire where arguably two of the most innovative games within its series for the Game Boy Advance and is often viewed as a classic by many people who have played the game during the 00’s.


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